Familial tragedies often spur people to reach out to my office to begin the estate planning process. A common situation that prompts a new client to seek my services is the death of a family member who had not properly planned for asset distribution. The surviving family is left sorting through the probate process without a roadmap for asset distribution. In those situations, the State now dictates how assets are distributed. The surviving family members, in an effort not to leave behind the same mess, are now motivated into action to ensure their own families avoid the same hassles.
With the world now dealing with COVID-19, I believe many people find themselves with more time on their hands and time to think about what their future will hold after the pandemic. I also expect many Americans and South Carolinians will think more about their own mortality, especially those suffering from medical conditions that make them more susceptible to serious symptoms of the virus.
The news constantly bombards us with infection levels, death tolls, quarantines and the extremely negative effect this outbreak is having on our economy. The lack of food and supplies at stores compounds anxiety in those of us who did not keep several weeks’ worth of supplies in our homes. During these uncertain times, we realize that so much is beyond our control; however even now, there are still plenty of things we can control.
After everything settles down, my office will see an increase in people seeking estate planning services. They will not want the added anxiety of going through life without a plan for the next time a tragedy occurs. My question to you is why wait until after the crisis has passed to take the steps necessary to shore up your personal life? We all know the value of a Will and accompanying documents. We all know how important it is to appoint someone to make financial and medical decisions for us when we can no longer make them ourselves.
Do not wait until the COVID-19 pandemic is over to start your estate plan. We are here to help and are offering creative solutions to get estate planning documents started, signed and in place. We can connect with new clients via phone or internet to ensure safety and social responsibility. Once we have completed a draft of your documents, we will e-mail those documents to you for review. Completing your estate plan does not mean you are dwelling on your death. It means that you can check this crucial task off your list, ensure your family is prepared for when that time comes so you can get back to living life. Getting your estate plan started will help you feel at ease, even when the world feels a bit chaotic.
Contact our office today to schedule your estate planning consultation, 864.982.5930.